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MA Political Science - Democracy and Elections (Research Route) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

The democracy and elections pathway will appeal to you if you are interested in aspects of:

  • formal and informal politics;
  • party and non-party engagement;
  • the elected and electors; and
  • the relationship between the process of government and the normative foundations of democracy.

Teaching and learning

Part-time students complete the full-time course over two years. There are no evening or weekend course units available on the part-time route.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory units and then select your optional units to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your unit choices during induction week with your course director.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Political Parties in Contemporary Britain POLI60122 15 Mandatory
Dissertation Research Design POLI60312 15 Mandatory
Tools and techniques of applied quantitative analysis POLI60341 15 Mandatory
Philosophy of Politics Research POLI70771 15 Mandatory
Understanding Political Change POLI71042 15 Mandatory
Dissertation POLI72000 60 Mandatory
Foundational and advanced perspectives on qualitative research SOCY60230 0 Mandatory
Comparing Capitalisms in the Global Political Economy POLI60032 15 Optional
Rhetoric in Politics POLI60242 15 Optional
Using Documents in Social Research POLI60252 5 Optional
European Capitalisms: Crises, Transformations and Contestations POLI60292 15 Optional
Biography and life-history in the social sciences POLI60332 5 Optional
Interviews POLI70022 5 Optional
Understanding Governance: Policymaking in the 21st Century POLI70272 15 Optional
The European Union: Politics and Policy Making POLI70381 15 Optional
Global Governance POLI70421 15 Optional
European Union Foreign Policy POLI70851 15 Optional
Democracy: Theory & Practice POLI70872 15 Optional
Governance and the State POLI70891 15 Optional
Personality in Politics POLI71132 15 Optional
Gender in Comparative Politics POLI71151 15 Optional
Doing Interviews SOAN60201 5 Optional
Practising Participant Observation SOAN60892 5 Optional
Creative Methods SOCY60192 5 Optional
Foundational and advanced perspectives on qualitative research SOCY60231 10 Optional
Internet Research SOST60232 5 Optional
Understanding Big Data For Social Research SOST60511 5 Optional
Qualitative Comparative Analysis and Fuzzy Sets SOST71021 5 Optional
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School of Social Sciences students are supported by first-class resources, in addition to the networked study areas.

You will also have access to the John Ryland's University Library , with over 4.5m books and vast archives of historical material and rare volumes, it is one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the country.

Disability support

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